For the last 8 years, a dedicated group of people have been trying to save the Whooping cranes by leading young ones down to Florida
behind ultra-lights planes.
There are already 2 populations of Whooping cranes in the wild, one that stays in Florida year-round and another that migrates from Canada to Texas. But the whole population could be wiped out if these 2 groups were caught in a hurricane or other disaster. So Operation Migration is trying to establish another population that winters in Florida and migrates north to raise their young. Here is some background about the project.
On Friday Oct. 17th
, the newest group of young Whooping Cranes left Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, led by ultralights, on their migration to Florida. This year there are 14 birds. Here's the migration map
. They changed the route this year so they don't go through the mountains. It was difficult for the ultralights to get over the ridge. So they're going by way of Alabama instead of Georgia.
Here's the Field Journal
, which has more detailed entries for each day of the migration, on days when they fly and when they don't.
The latest entry is for today,Tuesday Dec. 30th
. They flew from Walker County in Alabama and will be in Chilton County next.Here is the Photo Journal
. There are photos from yesterday (Dec. 29th) and more, going back to the beginning of the migration in Necedah and even back to when the chicks were small.MileMaker
is one way that they can be sponsored by people who are interested. This project is very expensive and they need financial help. They added up all the expenses and divided that by the number of miles.
Another way to help it buy merchandise - here is the link for that